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NASA reveals images of giant storm on Saturn


Posted on Tuesday, 30 April, 2013 | Comment icon 26 comments | News tip by: Waspie_Dwarf


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A huge storm at Saturn's north pole is 20 times larger and 4 times as powerful as storms on Earth.

Images of the storm, the eye of which measures more than 1250 miles across, were captured by NASA's orbiting Cassini spacecraft. Of particular interest to scientists is the fact that the storm bears a close resemblance to storms we see on the Earth, albeit on a different scale. The hurricane is located within a strange six-sided weather pattern on Saturn known as "The Hexagon".

Saturn isn't the only place in the solar system where large storms have been observed. On Jupiter, a vast storm known as 'The Great Red Spot' has been churning for up to several hundred years. The violent maelstrom is so large that it covers a region big enough to encompass three planets the size of the Earth.

"Nasa has released startling images of a swirling storm at Saturn’s north pole which is 20 times larger than an average hurricane on earth and has winds four times as powerful."

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Comment icon #17 Posted by Merc14 on 1 May, 2013, 12:04
They have to interact in some way. The naration, after having listened again said the hexgon is a jet stream like formation so maybe I got it backwards and the hexagon formed the "hurricane"
Comment icon #18 Posted by Mentalcase on 1 May, 2013, 14:46
I see what you mean. That the Hexagon formed this hurricane as if it were some type of metal particles. Fascinating really, that it is locked in the center.
Comment icon #19 Posted by NiteMarcher on 1 May, 2013, 19:13
NASA should be concentrating on cutting back spending on earth, instead of getting impressed with what's happening on Saturn. We have more problems back here when it comes to government spending.
Comment icon #20 Posted by Merc14 on 2 May, 2013, 0:41
It 's great thinkers like you that got us to the moon and back.
Comment icon #21 Posted by NiteMarcher on 2 May, 2013, 8:12
Why be concerned with what's going on off world, when we don't even have a handle or a clue with what's going on down here? Millions that have added up to billions over the years...on whose money? One doesn't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out on whose backs these guys are riding on...
Comment icon #22 Posted by Merc14 on 2 May, 2013, 11:31
Actually billions have added up to trillions but I suggest you start a thread on whether we should or shouldn't spend money on space exploration rather than hijack this one. It's a relevant subject but off-topic here. Post link here and I'll join.
Comment icon #23 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf on 2 May, 2013, 12:05
I have to agree with you Merc, this is off topic.
Comment icon #24 Posted by Sundew on 19 May, 2013, 0:39
Not all planets; no hurricanes on Mars, just planet wide dust storms, you need to have to have a decent atmosphere for big storms. Jupiter's Great Red Spot and Saturn's hurricane-like storm are both on giant gas planets; they are nearly ALL atmosphere. These storms continue for dozens, hundreds, perhaps thousands of years because they are trapped at one latitude or in the case of Saturn, at the pole and they do not encounter any land mass to disrupt them.
Comment icon #25 Posted by DONTEATUS on 19 May, 2013, 20:08
Just as long as they name my Storm after Myrna Loy ! Now were talking !


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